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Oven Roasted Lamb Meatballs

Lamb mince with fennel and spices rolled into meatballs and roasted in the oven.
Oven Roasted Lamb Meatballs

For quite some time I could not get my meatballs to be balls. They refused any kind of ball-like status. They also tasted lumpy and very un-meatball like. Eventually I had my big a-ha! moment when I squished my first balls and they turned out the most perfectly made balls I had ever eaten (cheeky grin! ). It turned out this one small act is the BIG secret to perfectly made meatballs with great taste and texture. So, remember to squish those balls like you mean it! (Another cheeky grin!)

For this particular recipe I have recommended roasting the meatballs in the oven in the instructions I have given. It is entirely possible to cook them on the hob in some oil or lard on a medium high heat. It will take around 10 mins. The one down side to this method is the need to stand at the hob and push the meatballs around so they aren’t overdone on one side or another whereas cooking in the oven you can just pop them in, set a timer and go off to do something else. Choose whichever method is the most convenient for you.

Oven Baked Lamb Meatballs
Oven Roasted Lamb Meatballs
Lamb mince with fennel and spices rolled into meatballs and roasted in the oven.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Keto, Paleo, Paleo-ish
Servings 2 people
Calories 703 kcal


  • 500 g lamb mince (1lb)
  • 1/4 (60g / 2oz) fennel , shredded
  • 1/2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice


  • Preheat a fan-assisted oven to 200 deg C or 400 deg F.
  • Heat the lard in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  • Fry the fennel till soft.
  • In a large bowl mix all the ingredients including the fennel.
  • Squish the mxiture through your fingers until the texture is smooth. This is important as without the squishin' your meatballs will not stick together.
  • Shape the mixture into about 10 – 12 small balls.
  • Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place each ball onto the baking paper making sure it has space on all sides.
  • Oven bake for 25 mins turning the meatballs half way through.
  • Serve.


Net Carbs: 1.7g


Serving: 282gCalories: 703kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 57gFat: 50gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 230mgSodium: 772mgPotassium: 770mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 294IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 75mgIron: 5mg
Keyword Complete Carnivores
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  • Maeve Stone

    Tried the lamb meatballs with pomme Anna, chickpeas and lamb gravy for dinner tonight. I didn’t have any dried parsley or allspice so I substituted dried rosemary and nutmeg. I don’t know if that was an improvement or not but we enjoyed our meal.

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